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Old 07-07-2005, 04:15 AM   #1
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GNOME problem when starting

Two things,

when i type startx from the prompt, the x server starts, then gnome automatically starts, i would prefer to be able to chose which gui to load, and secondly, when gnome starts it provides me with this error:

There was an error starting the GNOME Settings Daemon.

Some things, such as themes, sounds, or background settings may not work correctly.

The Settings Daemon restarted too many times.

The last error message was:

Child process did not give an error message, unknown failure occurred

GNOME will still try to restart the Settings Daemon next time you log in.

any help on the above problems would be much appreciated, since this is my first time with a functioning distro of linux, the more specific help, the better. thankyou
Old 07-07-2005, 04:29 AM   #2
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In /usr/bin there are a few files called 'start(windowmanager)'. To start another use "startx /usr/bin/start....
root@debian:~# ls -l /usr/bin/star*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1483 Apr 19 18:41 /usr/bin/startfluxbox
That's the only one I have. You can make a script for this. You can also use a desktop manager which will load graphics instead of the command line login.

Don't know about the error.
Old 07-07-2005, 11:06 AM   #3
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thanks - got bored of trying to sort it out, so i reinstalled slackware without and had xfce as default instead


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